With support from the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, the UH Department of Theatre & Dance presented "A Balinese Tempest" at Kennedy Theatre from January 25 - February 3, 2008. In preparation for this production, 52 students participated in six months of intensive training in Balinese music (gamelan), dance, and shadow theatre during the Fall of 2007. The training and rehearsal period culminated in six public performances that drew an audience totaling 2,376 people.
The production combined shadow theatre with live dancers to create a cross-cultural staging of Shakespeare´s Tempest, using a style pioneered by visiting artist Larry Reed. This innovative adaptation of Shakespeare´s most musical and magical play is about a sorcerer and dethroned Milanese duke (Prospero), who has been banished with his daughter Miranda to an enchanted island. Reed fused Balinese and Elizabethan elements with his hallmark shadow-casting method, which utilized a giant screen and live performers to create a magical shadow theatre performance. The production also featured live musical accompaniment by the UH Balinese gamelan ensemble under the direction of visiting artist and musical director I. Nyoman Sumandhi, an internationally known dalang (i.e, a Balinese puppet master) and master of traditional Balinese music, dance and choreography.
The week-long performance run garnered mainstream press coverage with previews and reviews in both major Honolulu papers, plus coverage and reviews from two local TV news stations.
The outreach component of this project included school performances at the Maui Arts and Culture Center for approximately 600 K-12 school kids.
The project was organized and produced by Professor Kirstin Pauka, faculty in the Asian Theatre Program and Acting Director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies during the period of the course and performance. The UH Asian Theatre Program is nationally and internationally recognized as the world�s leading center for Asian theatre study and research. It has attained this status by providing students and scholars with unique training, performance, and research opportunities on a regular basis. Each year, intensive training in a selected form of Asian and cross-cultural performance is provided by renowned master artists and teachers, culminating in an authentically-staged English-language production. Undergraduate students, graduate students and scholars engage simultaneously in performance study and research, producing internationally-available documentation of both practical and theoretical results.
Contact InformationCenter for Southeast Asian Studies University of Hawaii at Manoa<br>
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